FACE AND NECK LIFT

A Face and Neck Lift (also known as a Cervicofacial Rhytidectomy) is a general term for procedures that address aging structures of the face. There are three main layers involved in facial aging, the top layer (skin), the middle layer (fat and muscle), and the deep layer (deep muscle and bone). A good facelift surgeon knows how to address all levels of facial aging. 

 

These structures all go through predictable changes as we age and these changes are accelerated by sun damage and exposure to smoking. These changes include: 

 

  • Thinning, color change, and sagging of the skin (especially around the lower jaw/jowls and cheeks)

  • Deepening of natural lines and creation of new lines on the skin (wrinkles or rhytids)

  • Fat collection in undesirable locations (neck, jowls, etc.)

  • Loss of fullness due to loss or sagging of fat, especially around the eyes and in the cheeks

 

Who is a good candidate for a Facelift?

If you have deep wrinkles, moderate/severe sagging skin of face or neck, a full neck, or obvious jowling, you would likely benefit from a Face/Neck lift. With these changes, it is less likely that you would benefit enough from non invasive facial rejuvenation techniques to meet your expectations. 

What should a patient expect during and after a Facelift?

After a Facelift, it is normal to have some bruising, some temporary numbness/weakness of the facial muscles, and swelling. This improves significantly by 2 weeks after surgery, and your results will continue to improve for 3-12 months after surgery as swelling improves and scars mature. You should not do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least 2 weeks, but mild activity is okay. You are encouraged to walk immediately after surgery. Results may vary, but the majority of people can go back to full physical activity without restrictions in 4-6 weeks and can function at an office job/be presentable in public with makeup at 2 weeks. 

What results can a patient expect from a Facelift? 

A Facelift can:

  • Tighten your skin, especially loose skin in the neck, by lifting sagging structures such as jowls and cheeks

  • Improve your neck contour

  • Remove or improve appearance of deep wrinkles 

 

A Facelift cannot:

  • Add volume

  • Remove fine wrinkles

  • Address wrinkles of the forehead

  • Rejuvenate the eyes

 

For complete facial rejuvenation, a Face/Neck Lift must often be paired with additional procedures such as fat grafting, Brow Lift, Eyelid Surgery, Upper Lip Lift, and skin resurfacing.

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